November #149 : From the Inside: Strength to Spare - by Beverly Henry

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Free At Last?

It's a Girl!

Condomless Sex? Maybe Not Yet

Meditation Matters

Boys and Girls Together

Med Alert-November 2008

From the Inside: Strength to Spare

Ritonavir News

A Liver-Cleansing Herb’s Benefits Begin to Bloom

Sweet Spot

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Starting Out Late?

Eat Well, Pay Little

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Coats of Many Colors

Prison Break

Ladies First


Shout Out!

In Their Words

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Life’s Rich Pageant

How to... Disclose in the Heat of the Moment

Editor's Letter-November 2008

Your Feedback-November 2008

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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November 2008

From the Inside: Strength to Spare

by Beverly Henry

During her 15-year battle to stay healthy with HIV and hepatitis C in prison, Beverly “Chopper” Henry, 59, has maintained an inspiring, positive attitude. She credits her well-being and determination to a refusal to hide her HIV-positive status. Here are her 10 tips for other positive prisoners:

1. Focus on you; learn all you can about your own health.
2. If you’re on meds, take them as instructed—don’t miss doses, and don't hide or share meds.
3. Join (or create) a support group with other positive peers.
4. Talk openly about HIV (and hep C)—that will help you and everyone else, even those in denial.
5. Avoid “high risk” behaviors, including getting tattoos.
6. Exercise regularly and often. Even in solitary you can run and jump in place and do push-ups and sit-ups in your cell.
7. Eat regularly and as well as possible. Avoid undercooked eggs, beef and chicken.
8. Stay hydrated and as cool as possible in summer, warm in winter.
9. Accept and love yourself. You are NOT a health hazard; HIV and hep C are not a curse.
10. Laugh every single day.

Beverly Henry is scheduled for release from Central California Women’s Facility(CCWF) in October 2009.

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